In theory, having the typically witty Jennifer Lawrence host "Saturday Night Live" sounded like a perfect fit. But in reality, the episode ended up falling fairly flat, although not for lack of effort on Lawrence's part.
Saturday's show, "SNL's" first in a month, had Lawrence riff on the backlash to her "I beat Meryl!" Globes comment in her opening monologue, with the 22-year-old actress going after her Oscars competition with (pretty corny) disses.
Seeming not totally comfortable with the sketch, Lawrence called "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain "Jessica Chast-ain't winnin' no Oscar on my watch," and told Quvenzhané Wallis that "the alphabet called, [and] they want their letters back." She did follow up every crack with a bit of praise, in case anyone wasn't clear that she was joking.
In a funnier moment, Bill Hader posed in the audience as the eternally unamused Tommy Lee Jones, although he couldn't hold form when Lawrence said "Emmanuelle Riva-derci" to the 85-year-old "Amour" star's Oscar chances.
Entertainment Weekly thought that while "Lawrence herself got better and better as the episode progressed, shedding the nervousness that seemed to plague her during her opening monologue ... the material she was given didn’t follow the same arc — especially the weak sketches that followed a curiously shortened Weekend Update."
One of those could have been the "Top Dog Chef" sketch that included Lawrence as one of the canine contestants challenged with creating a dish out of garbage. The Huffington Post's Mike Ryan called it lazy, while New York Magazine's Vulture isn't convinced this wasn't just a holdover from a "30 Rock" episode.
Similarly, a sketch of a "Hunger Games" press conference was entertaining enough, but "fairly tame," Time magazine points out.
But "SNL's" take on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy, based on the idea that the filmmaker is needlessly stretching out his content, was one sketch that included Lawrence that was a clear hit. As The Hollywood Reporter said, "Perhaps Tolkienites bored by the hour it takes for 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' to leave the Shire should take comfort in this sketch. It could have been much, much worse."
How do you think Lawrence did as "SNL" host? Next week, the job will be handed over to Adam Levine.
Yes!! The old school one of course. That's not to say I don't like the new one, because I do. It's just not a glue movie for me.
Last good show was Bruno Mars...
I really like her, but the episode was terrible
SNL has gone just a little too hollywood gay to be near the show it was in the 70's-90's. 85% of California may enjoy it, but 85% of the rest of the country does not.
You are wrong – last cast was a bit better, but you are still wrong
the best one yet.
I don't think SNL is very funny this year. They need to showcase, Bill Hader, Fred Armasen and Kenan Thompson more.
The writing has not been very good. The new cast people are not very funny.
Keenan? Really? I find almost all his skits unbearable. Maybe it's the writers, but damn showcase? really?
he truly hates you....he truly does....She is a zero...and so is he....
thanks for the head up....geeze
seat the fat hacker and his girlfriend in the front row with the rest of the upper class big shots...
because she's of the "upper class" like the others are...
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messed up guys.
you looked stoopid not me.
I attended the dress rehearsal this weekend and Bill Hadar actually didn't break his form, he was supposed to laugh! the joke was that he found that extremely corny joke funny.
I love the show.
midge lud da kids....
.....come let me lumaneer things...
Jennifer was great, but the writing was awful. I agree. The musical act has gotten to be the only thing for which I will watch SNL... The Lumineers made this week's show.
that was delicious...
Like Jennifer in SNL she is very good at comedy too but I do agree she felt uncomfortable with some of the material she was given; but what she got she work with and did just fine.
SNL you writers need to improve your writing don't matter what good your guest are if the material is weak they won't shine.
unless i have material to work with...i can't shine more perfectly then i already do...
Lawrence is comfortable in the sketch comedy format. Just needs better material. I'm not sure she liked the monologue they wrote for her.
when the person has specific "material" to work with ... its soooo much easier....
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